walked past the home of Andrew’s skateboarding buddy.
“The Reason I Run“
“I Was a Prayer Drop Out.“
“Teach Me to Pray.“
“The Fragrance of Christ“
“Inhale – Exhale”
This is an excerpt from the eBook I am writing Run, Pray, Breathe – How to Go the Distance in Prayer.
The book has 3 main sections.
The Reason I Run
I Was a Prayer Drop Out.
Teach Me to Pray.
The Fragrance of Christ
Inhale – Exhale
From RUN – The Reason I Run
So many things every day had the potential of bringing me to utter despair. One day I stood before Andrew’s closet and drew a deep breath hoping to inhale a familiar scent. I touched the sleeves of the shirt he had last worn to church. Unbelievable to think he had worn it on a Sunday as he sat next to me on the pew and less than twenty-four hours later, he lay unconscious in a hospital bed. Holding my breath, I checked the pockets of his favorite pair of jeans. Empty. My eyes fell on his last pair of Nike athletic shoes. He had barely worn them as the tumors in his brain affected the left side of his body causing partial paralysis. I slipped my feet into his shoes. They were too big for me. Still I tightened the laces and walked through the quiet house. I cried aloud, “Andrew, I wish I could have stood in your place and taken the pain for you. I would have given my life for yours but I didn’t have that choice.”
Linking to Soli Deo Gloria ~
So you think you can’t run? I used to think that, too. Read the story here of how I got started running.
|Running ~ 9/9/10|
And read the story here of why I started running again to regain my emotional and physical strength.
Who knew God would run alongside me and strengthen my heart in what I like to call My 3 Mile Messages. Read about it here.
And if you’ve been toying with the thoughts of running, go here for a great article on how to get started.
Let me encourage you to take care of your physical body. Most of my life I have been at a good weight for my height of 5′ 2 1/2“. However, over a period of about 6 years I managed to eat lots of desserts because I managed to bake lots of desserts! I enjoyed every bite but I did not enjoy gradually saying goodbye to my smaller clothes and shopping sizes too big for my height. January 1, 2008, I put myself on an individualized eating plan. My main workout was The 30 Day Shred ~ Jillian Michaels. By April I had lost over 20 pounds. I maintained the lower weight for over a year. I have since lost about 15 more pounds.*
Running, I believe, is a gift to me from God. It makes me feel better in every way. Is it hard? Sometimes. Do I always want to go for a run? I don’t always feel like it but discipline carries me through when I don’t feel the desire. I am always glad when I just do it. Sometimes I have to stop thinking about whether I want to run and just get ready and get out the door. Even a bad run is a good run because I did it!
photo shoot in my backyard courtesy of my son Avery
|I love this old fence in the background.|
|The fence and me ~ weathered but still standing ~|